Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Antimicrobial resistance - progress on the UK strategy and coordinating a global response

March 2020

This conference focuses on next steps for tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the UK - and the global response to AMR.

It will be an opportunity to assess priorities for improving infection prevention and control as stakeholders in health care and research begin implementation of Public Health England’s Infectious Disease Strategy 2020-2025.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Supporting the infection prevention workforce;
  • Developing innovative diagnostic technologies;
  • Reducing the transmission of resistant bacteria; and
  • The Strategy’s goal to make the UK a world leader in tackling AMR.

Further sessions will consider the progress of research into AMR, with discussion on funding, impact and supporting innovation to address AMR in humans, animals, and the environment.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from:

  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on AMR for UK Government and lately Chief Medical Officer for England;
  • Professor Brian Ferguson, Chief Economist, Public Health England;
  • Dr Julie Robotham, Lead, Modelling and Economics, HCAI and AMR, Public Health England; and
  • Dr Gregory Amos, Head of Microbiome Section, Division of Bacteriology, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, MHRA

There will be further contributions from: Dr Jessica Boname, Medical Research Council; Arlene Brailey, Antibiotic Research UK; Bryan Deane, ABPI; Rose Gallagher, Royal College of Nursing; Jon Harrison, BIVDA; Dr Roger Harrison, University of Manchester; Dr Kitty Healey, Defra; Professor Hilary Thomas, KPMG; Dr Michael Weinbren, Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust and Adam Zerda, Becton Dickinson.

The agenda in summary

  • Prevention and control of infections, and the public health benefits of tackling AMR;
  • Collaboration, encouraging innovation, and financial incentives for protecting existing antimicrobials and advancing new development;
  • Supporting the development and use of new vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics;
  • Appropriate prescribing and reducing healthcare-associated infections - improving diagnostics, managing patient expectations, and engaging with clinicians, vets, and farmers; and
  • Meeting the goals of the UK AMR strategy.

Policymakers attending

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing DHSC; Defra; MHRA; the Office for Life Sciences; HM Treasury; BEIS; DIT; and DCMS.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates